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Surfing a wave of economic growth

Thomas McGregor () and Samuel Wills ()

CAMA Working Papers from Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Abstract: We investigate whether the geographic determinants of growth extend to natural amenities. We combine data on spatial and temporal variation in the quality of over 5000 surf breaks globally with data on local economic performance, proxied by night-time lights. We document a strong association between natural amenity quality and local economic development. Economic activity grows faster near good surf breaks; following the discovery of new breaks, or the technology needed to ride them; and during El Niño events that generate high-quality waves. The effects are concentrated in nearby towns and emerging economies, and population changes are consistent with tourism.

Keywords: Natural amenities; economic growth; new economic geography; natural advantages; tourism; surfing; night-time lights (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 O44 O47 Q26 Q51 Q56 R11 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 60 pages
Date: 2017-04
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Working Paper: Surfing a Wave of Economic Growth (2017) Downloads
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